Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born. 7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.
Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. Jen and her family would spend 30 days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe "seven sacred pauses".
So, what's the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It's the discovery of a greatly increased God - a call toward Christlike simplicity and generosity that transcends a social experiment to become a radically better existence. 7 is funny, raw, and not a guilt trip in the making, so come along and consider what Jesus' version of rich, blessed, and generous might look like in your life.
©2012 Jen Hatmaker (P)2012 Oasis Audio Ltd
Jen Hatmaker is an incredible speaker. I wish the author had narrated the book herself. This narration has mispronunciations in a few places that are ridiculous. If the author is an amazing, successful speaker, why on earth not have the author narrate themselves?
Made me rethink many things about the way we live.
Mispronunciations. Her sarcasm is forced when the writer so clearly has an ease and comfort in her writing style. She's not Jen Hatmaker.
So many things it's impossible to write in this box.
This book has inspired an awaking within me, a spiritual awaking that has overcome me. As I listened to Jen's words this week, Jesus slowly pulled at my heart and opened my eyes. I'm so incredibly grateful for His timing and for Jen's obedience to Him, for documenting her experience, and for her encouragement.
Nope. The narrator not only had an annoying Chicago accent, she also mispronounced words and her habit of EMPHASIZING every OTHER WORD was REALLY DISTRACTING.
The humor - the author is very funny and presents what could be complicated theology in simple terms, illustrated by personal anecdotes.
I am not much of a crier, but I teared up when Jen talked about her adopted kids. And I laughed out loud several times.
Great reminder that made me want to take action.
Jen's straightforward and honest approach moved me to make instant changes in my life. Her relevant blend of scripture and real life antidotes made my heart yearn for more important actions with less mindless excess. This audiobook is highly recommended; I only wish the author was the narrator.
I don't know if it was the narration or the story but Mrs Hatmaker came across as kind of naive. I find it hard to believe a woman of faith did not recognize her shallow life before the inception of the idea for seven. The idea that to understand Jesus was poor, hung around with poor folk and lived a simple life, despite being the believed son of God, struck me as...duh. It doesn't take a numbered program to grasp that concept.
I get the impression from the book that this was her response to her husbands economic demotion from mega to mini church. Cant spend what you dont have. Better learn how to live lean
On the positive side, I have no doubt there are some in her similar situation that will find inspiration from this book. I know the person who recommended it to me did. That makes this a good book for a selected audience. Also, based on the book, I think Mrs Hatmaker would be a hoot to hang out with.
I would recommend this book to both women and men. I first thought it would be directed toward women only but really it's for anyone wanting a closer relationship with Jesus.
I purchased "Seven" after devouring "Interrupted" and loving it! It was by far more than just the down-sizing theme I expected, Jen went deep into the heart of trusting God to fulfill all our needs!
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